Author: Andy Uhler
Published: 1:40 P.M., June 06, 2018
They're called feral swine, wild boars, feral hogs and wild pigs. Farmers refer to them as the “rototillers” of nature. Found in at least 35 states with a population of more than 5 million, feral swine cause at least $1.5 billion in damages and control costs in the United States each year, conservatively. About a quarter of that damage happens in Texas.
People say the town of Bend, Texas, got its name because it’s located on a horseshoe-shaped stretch in the Colorado River. It’s a couple of hours northwest of Austin in Central Texas with a population of about 1,600 people. Eighty-three-year-old rancher and farmer Jackie Brister farms about 3,000 acres in Bend, mostly pecans and wheat. But nowadays, he also battles feral swine.
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